This is my first ever PC build.
I primarily needed a computer powerful enough to handle my Plex server demands. I used to run my Plex Media Server (PMS) off a decent laptop but storing all my media on external USB hard drives was becoming difficult to manage and very slow. I only had 4 USB ports and I needed more storage space!
Ever since I heard of the Intel Core i9-7900X I knew it was going to be more than powerful to handle my needs. But as soon as heard of the Threadripper with all it's cores for $200 cheaper I knew I had found the right processor! I had been waiting for all the parts to release, and as I live in Dubai it usually comes a few weeks later. However, it also comes with a good 20-30% price hike for some reason! Luckily I found out Newegg had their own Dubai based website and delivered for a reasonable amount ($115).
I ordered everything from Newegg except for the PSU, case and monitor - because they would significantly increase the shipping weight and it would be similarly priced here so what the heck.
The final product blows my mind. I have enough space for 20 hard drives, enough graphics power to do some light gaming all while running my dedicated PMS in the background. I couldn't be happier and I hope this investment pays off!
I will be adding more case fans and hard drives as I go. I don't care about RGB lighting so I didn't bother with that even though I could have. I prefer the stealth look to be honest!
Disclaimer: I don't know how to build computers so I had it built professionally from a local computer store. Please let me know if my $100 installation fee was worth it or not!